Schwarzenegger declares State of Emergency
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a state of
emergency Friday after a 900-foot container spilled 58,000 gallons
of toxic fuel oil into the San Francisco Bay.
Photo by John
By Maya Strausberg
November 10, 2007
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday proclaimed a state
of emergency following an oil spill that occurred when a 900-foot
container ship clipped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on
Wednesday causing about 58,000 gallons of oil to leak into the
San Francisco Bay.
Schwarzenegger was in the Bay Area visiting the site of the spill,
which has spread out of the bay and along the coastline.
A proclamation of emergency allows the Governor's Office of Emergency
Services to deploy emergency personnel, equipment and facilities
and provide local government assistance under the authority of
the California Disaster Assistance Act.
Schwarzenegger directed the California Office of Spill Prevention
and Response to tap into a state-maintained, industry-supported
trust fund to ensure that all possible resources are being utilized
to expedite the cleanup process.
"I have signed an emergency proclamation to make sure that
all the state resources are behind this and that we all work together,
all the different agencies - Office of Spill Prevention, the Coast
Guard, and everyone that is responsible in order to really clean
this mess up as quickly as possible," said Schwarzenegger
at a press conference Friday.
The governor said there would be an additional 200 people working
on the clean up efforts tomorrow as well as volunteers.
The state of emergency includes the city and county of San Francisco
and the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Solano
John Han contributed to this report.
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